Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Linux Kernel 2.6.27 Blocker

I wanted to test the Linux Kernel 2.6.27, but i have a blocker which makes me postpone it. It was NVidia's driver. As you probably know, NVidia hasn't merge their source code for their proprietary driver on the kernel main repository. Every new kernel gets released (not an update), they have to patch their code to work with the new kernel. This time, 2.6.27 has come out and the driver hasn't released a patch yet.

There were some people who tried to give solutions, but i prefer to wait for the official patch from NVidia. Let's hope they don't take too much time solving this problem. NVidia has released an update for their mainstream driver, 177.80, but people at NVidia forum argued that the latest NVidia driver are worst than before. Do you have the same opinion as they are?

We have a dilemma situation here. NVidia wanted to protect their source code, but they are lagging behind the Kernel developers who actively improve their code in the kernel mainline. In the other side, users are frustrated because of their slow release, mostly for legacy drivers. NVidia has stated that they won't publish their source code, so it's getting more complicated here.